Do you know boxed croutons often contain preservatives to increase their shelf life and maintain quality over time?
Preservatives are added to prevent spoilage, inhibit the growth of bacteria, and keep the croutons fresh and crispy.
Some common preservatives used in boxed croutons include calcium propionate, sodium benzoate, and BHA/BHT. While these preservatives are generally considered safe and are approved by the FDA, some people may have allergies or sensitivities to them. It’s always a good idea to read the label and check for any ingredients that may be problematic for you.
Once you make homemade croutons, you will never turn to the box again!
So if you’re looking for a way to add some crunch to your salads or soups or want a savory snack, look no further than homemade croutons. These delicious bites of toasted bread are easy to make, and you can customize them to your liking with various herbs and spices.
The best part about making your croutons is using any bread you have on hand, from stale baguettes to sourdough loaves. You can also control the amount of oil and seasoning, making them healthier and more flavorful than store-bought croutons.
To make croutons, you’ll need bread, olive oil, salt, and any additional seasonings you desire.
Here’s a simple recipe to get you started.
Recipe: Homemade Croutons
- 4 cups cubed bread (stale bread works best)
- Two tablespoons of olive oil
- I use Spiceology spices, but if you don’t have them yet, (you should buy them), use the herbs below:
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- One teaspoon of garlic powder (optional)
- One teaspoon of dried herbs (such as thyme, rosemary, or oregano) (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 375°F.
- In a large bowl, combine the cubed bread, olive oil, salt, black pepper, and any additional seasonings you desire. Toss until the bread is evenly coated with the oil and seasonings.
- Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the croutons are golden brown and crispy.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before using them in salads or soups or enjoying them as a snack.
These homemade croutons are perfect for adding texture and flavor to your favorite dishes. Experiment with different types of bread and seasonings to find your favorite combination. Happy, healthy cooking!